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Weekly Features

Skills compatibility, dual-skilled labour enhance agreements  

By: Sebastian Whyle     17th June 2016 The mine maintenance industry is facing a significant skills shortage, exacerbated by commodity price instability, industrial conveyor maintenance service provider ELB Conveyor Maintenance director Sharmlin Govender tells Mining Weekly. 

Asset management assessment helps improve efficiency of maintenance

     17th June 2016 Times are getting more and more challenging and to survive ever decreasing margins, organisations are forced to do more with less, notes integrated physical asset management solutions provider Pragma. Carrying out a proper assessment of a company’s current asset management will allow for the... 

Asset management assessment helps improve efficiency of maintenance
PROBLEM SOLVING Pragma uses a structured problem-solving approach to find and eliminate the root cause of problems

Cutting corners to cost mines in long run

By: Sebastian Whyle     17th June 2016 Many sites are trying to cut costs by moving away from using original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) spares and components when undertaking maintenance, says technologies, products and engineering services provider Tenova TAKRAF Africa aftermarket GM Paul Davies.  

Cutting corners to cost mines in long run
INCREASED NEED With the rapid uptake of mechanisation and automation in the mining industry, greater emphasis has been placed on the need for maintenance in the last 20 years

Essential maintenance supplied despite budget cuts by mines

By: Sebastian Whyle     17th June 2016 Rope access service and equipment provider Skyriders is, to a large extent, immune to the current commodities price slump, as inspection and maintenance is an essential part of keeping sites operational, notes marketing manager Mike Zinn. 

Essential maintenance supplied despite  budget cuts by mines
MAINTENANCE REMAINS KEY Although maintenance budgets are being trimmed to survive the current tough global economic climate, maintenance is vital at active mining operations

Grindrod locomotives launch spares and technical support Partnerships

     17th June 2016 In addition to the core business of manufacturing locomotives for shunting and main line operations, locomotive manufacturing, refurbishment and maintenance company Grindrod Locomotives is further expanding its offering to include a continent-wide spare parts supply business, says Pretoria-based... 

Grindrod locomotives launch spares and  technical support  Partnerships
Grindrod Locomotives COO Leon Broom

Lockout systems to prevent accidents and injuries

     17th June 2016 Carefully planned lockout and tagout procedures limit the risk of injuries or accidents caused by the inadvertent starting of machines or equipment while they are being serviced or maintained, says American padlock manufacturer Bearing Man Group (BMG) senior product manager Ryan Basset.  

Lockout systems to prevent accidents and injuries
PREVENT ACCIDENTS AND INJURIES Tagout devices prevent workers from unintentionally energising equipment while a maintenance job is in progress

Maintenance vital in efforts to reduce operating costs

By: Sebastian Whyle     17th June 2016 The current harsh economic and dynamic business environment that is characterised by recession, stiff competition and globalisation has made it imperative for every organisation to streamline its processes and reduce operating costs to remain competitive, stresses furnaces and industrial services... 

Maintenance vital  in efforts to reduce  operating costs
ON-SITE SERVICES The company provides on-site specialist services for rotary kilns for the cement and lime industries in sub-Saharan Africa

Mine maintenance affected by falling commodity prices

By: Sebastian Whyle     17th June 2016 Unstable commodity prices have placed mines under pressure to produce at the same rate while decreasing their operational costs, highlights environmental management company I-CAT Environmental Solutions (I-CAT) director Lourens Jansen van Rensburg.  

Mine maintenance affected by falling commodity prices
LOURENS JANSEN VAN RENSBURG Mines are operating at dangerous margins, as costs and savings targets need to be achieved if they are to continue operating

Production, maintenance reporting systems to improve production fleet

     17th June 2016 Mining and communications technology provider 3D-P has released the 3D-P Production Reporting and 3D-P Maintenance Reporting systems, powered by iVolve, to improve the efficiency of mines. Adding to its current portfolio of application integration solutions and wireless network services, 3D-P... 

Production, maintenance reporting systems to  improve production fleet
Photo by Bloomberg
EFFICIENCY OF MINES Production and maintenance reports contribute to better decision-making

Tough decisions regarding floor gratings

     17th June 2016 The choice between fibreglass, steel, and performance versus cost can be bewildering when it comes to installing floor gratings, says gratings, stair treads and safety hand-rails manufacturer Vital Engineering MD Dodds Pringle.  

Tough decisions regarding floor gratings
Photo by Vital Engineering and Angus McLeod
MATERIAL BENEFITS Steel offers more strength than synthetic products, while fibreglass is a very robust, low-maintenance product

Cape Town refinery completes maintenance, safety inspection

By: Dylan Stewart     19th June 2015 Multinational energy corporation Chevron completed a month-and-a-half-long,  

Company yet to offer thermal assessment services to mining industry

By: Dylan Stewart     19th June 2015 Although the solutions of electrical equipment, industrial instrumentation and automation supply, implementation and support company Magnet can be used for any electrical or mechanical application, including mining, the company is yet to offer its services to the mining industry, Magnet training... 

Components supply service supported by maintenance

     19th June 2015 South African power generation company Vert Energy’s component supply service for electromechanical power generation in the mining industry is supported by repair and maintenance facilities on the African continent, the company notes.  

Flexible, high-pressure spiral hose helps reduce continuous miner downtime

     19th June 2015 Power management company Eaton’s Aeroquip X-Flex very high-pressure spiral hose has been performing to expectations and enabling continuous miners, which operate in highly abrasive environments, to meet their contracted coal extraction rate terms by increasing uptime and decreasing maintenance... 

Fuel cleanliness company develops automatic fuel decontaminator

By: Dylan Stewart     19th June 2015 South Africa-based fuel cleanliness company Supa Fuel has developed a system that detects the presence of water and drains it from fuel storage tanks automatically, eliminating problems associated with the presence of water in fuel which can result in engine failure, inefficient fuel use and... 

Industrial service provider set to clean coal silo

By: Dylan Stewart     19th June 2015 The quotation and the method statement for furnace and industrial service provider Dickinson Group’s cleaning of a Mpumalanga coal mine’s storage silo has been agreed upon, says Dickinson Group silo-cleaning division manager Marius Steyn, noting that the company is waiting for the mine to make... 

Industrial service provider set to clean coal silo
Photo by Bloomberg
HIGH MAINTENANCE A silo cleaning job can temporarily curtail a company’s production, however, neglecting to clean a silo will be more detrimental to production in the long term

Intricate on-site tyre replacement completed within three days

By: Dylan Stewart     19th June 2015 A recent project, involving intricate on-site repairs to a Bradford Breaker, for a major colliery in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province, is part of the strong demand metals and mining service provider Tenova Takraf Africa is experiencing for its maintenance services, as clients focus on extending... 

OEMs blocking progress – wear control group

By: Dylan Stewart     19th June 2015 Some original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are rejecting the oil purification expertise of wear control company Filter Focus to maintain high replacement and component sales volumes, says Filter Focus COO Craig FitzGerald. 

Oil and gas giant highlights benefits of proper lubrication

     19th June 2015 Multinational oil and gas corporation ExxonMobil in March took part in the Mining Summit 2015, held in Johannesburg, highlighting the importance of proper lubrication at mine sites. 

Solutions team customises maintenance safety product

By: Dylan Stewart     19th June 2015 Responding to industry requests, identification solutions manufacturer Brady has introduced customised additions to its Lockout/Tagout system, a product that has the ability to totally cut off any flows of energy into a particular machine, over the past six months. 

Split bearing saves on maintenance

By: Dylan Stewart     19th June 2015 Owing to its unique design features, the Cooper split bearing, distributed by bearings manufacturer Bearings International, lasts longer and saves on maintenance time, says Cooper split bearing product manager Matthew Tyler. 

Company provides free guide for mining engineers

By: Jonathan Rodin     20th June 2014 UK-based industrial power transmission manufacturer Renold last month published a free guide on the use of rubber-in-compression couplings for mining and quarrying applications, says Renold business development director Alan Dean. This guide, titled Coupling Solutions: Rubber-in-Compression,... 

Components distributor provides total plant maintenance solutions

     20th June 2014 Engineering components distributor Bearing Man Group (BMG) has identified a gap in various sectors for on-site maintenance services to overcome production challenges, says BMG director Dave Russell. BMG’s total plant maintenance solutions service targets companies that need to increase... 

Diversified miner outsources to ensure plant maintenance

     20th June 2014 To ensure that it meets statutory requirements, as outlined by the Department of Mineral Resources, in terms of the documentation relating to its plant maintenance environment, South Africa-based diversified mining group Exxaro has enlisted the services of integrated information and communication... 

Dust solution for reduced maintenance

By: Jonathan Rodin     20th June 2014 Pretoria-based environmental management company I-Cat Environmental Solutions has supplied its 100% environment-friendly dust-suppression technology, RDC 20, to several mining operations across Africa, says nonexecutive director Professor Jan du Plessis. The solution was implemented at one of the... 

Maintenance performed on colliery’s underground pipes

     20th June 2014 Engineers at Glencore-operated Boschmans colliery, in Mpumalanga, have installed 4", 6" and 8" Victaulic Style SC77 flexible couplings in both the pump systems and the large runs of pipes throughout its plant, says Boschman engineering foreman Danie Botha. The installation-ready couplings... 

Specialised software captures maintenance data

By: Jonathan Rodin     20th June 2014 Outsourced plant operations and maintenance specialist Minopex, a member of global multidisciplinary organisation DRA Group, has completed the implementation of new procurement and maintenance systems for four of the 15 sites at which it is currently involved in South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho... 

System provides safety at heights

     20th June 2014 Local mining equipment provider Becker Mining South Africa has introduced the Tractelift climb and descent assist system to its range of Tractel personal protection equipment, which ensures the safety of labourers working at height during installation and maintenance procedures. “The company’s... 


     20th June 2014 South Africa-based self-lubricated polymer bearings and bushes manufacturer VescoPlastics produces its proprietary brand of Vesconite bushings and wear plates that operate in dirty or wet conditions and still last longer than other products on the market. These products do not require greasing,... 


Condition-monitoring device vital for pro-maintenance

By: Zandile Mavuso     21st June 2013 Engineering solutions company Bearing Man Group (BMG) launched a new portable condition-monitoring device, Leonova Diamond, in January this year, which is designed for accurate analysis, with diagnostic and troubleshooting capabilities in harsh environments. 

Electronic documentation crucial for plant maintenance

By: Zandile Mavuso     21st June 2013 Owing to the various needs and vulnerabilities identified in its assessment of the need for proper management of documentation at mines, solutions integrator company Datacentrix has created a roadmap to increase the SAP footprint within organisations and ensure version control and the... 

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